Maple Leafs fall to Boston ... again

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask makes a save on Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Dion Phaneuf (3)...

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask makes a save on Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Dion Phaneuf (3) while Bruins defenceman Dougie Hamilton (27) defends during the third period at TD Banknorth Garden Saturday. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:36 PM ET

BOSTON - In the end, Patrice Bergeron scored a couple of more big goals and the Toronto Maple Leafs lost to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

But the similarities to last spring's epic Game 7 fail end there as Toronto stayed close in a punishing physical encounter against a home team that once more looked like an NHL power on Saturday night. The Leafs tied the Bs with 34 shots, despite playing the night before, lost 3-1 on an empty netter, but have now seen the Bruins shake off their October blahs and climb within a point in the East.

The night did have other setbacks for Toronto, a suspected left shoulder injury to Nazem Kadri, who is the third Leaf centre to go down this season. He was hit in open ice by hard-rock Bruins defender Johnny Boychuk. And despite one of the nicest shots Joffrey Lupul has released as a Leaf, Toronto has just three even-strength goals the past four games.


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